Five big trends in home decor

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  1. Screen-free rooms: After a long day of using your smartphone and computer, it can feel amazing to come home and take a technology break. More and more, homeowners are creating specific screen-free rooms-perhaps a library, craft room, or listening room-where you can escape from technology for a while. We LOVE this idea!
  2. Upholstered headboards: What if you could feel like you were sleeping in a luxury hotel bed every night? The bedding and mattress are an important part of that experience, but so is the aesthetic and comfort of an upholstered headboard.
  3. Earth tones: Natural colors have become increasingly popular, especially deep greens. It’s a great way to bring some of nature’s colors indoors, whether as an accent wall, in blankets and pillows, or for furniture. We suggest starting with a neutral base and adding a splash of color to liven up your room.
  4. Black stainless steel: If you want a sleek, contemporary kitchen, black stainless steel is even more of a statement than traditional stainless steel.
  5. Patterned fabrics: While solid upholstery will never go out of style, patterns have become trendy of late. It’s an easy way to make a bold, eye-catching statement in your living space. We suggest one or two chairs to be patterned and stick with neutral for the rest of your room with the exception of a couple throw pillows.

The new, improved doorbell

TECH.pngYou’re probably familiar with devices like Nest, which use smart technology to automate your thermostat and save you money.

Think of Ring as the Nest of doorbells. It’s a product that replaces your standard doorbell with a device that connects to your home WiFi connection and sends video and audio of your doorstep to your mobile device.

In other words, you can use your smartphone to see who’s at the door, and you can do it from anywhere in the world.

It brings a whole new level of convenience. You’ll never have to worry about missing a delivery or having a package left in the wrong place-you can be at work when FedEx arrives, and use the intercom feature to tell the delivery man to leave the package where you please.

It’s also a great security tool. You can use the intercom to give the appearance that you’re home, turning away everyone from annoying salesmen to potential burglars. It activates with motion detection, so you don’t have to wait for the doorbell to ring before you’re alerted that someone is at your home.

There are various ways to install Ring, and it starts at $199. Go to ring.com if you can see yourself with this super tech-y home upgrade.

Friday Favorites

It’s our favorite day of the week – FRIDAY!  Welcome to our Front Door Edition of Friday Favorites. Front doors are so important. It’s your guests’ first taste of your personal style, and all exterior doors should lend an inviting and pleasing ambiance to your home’s exterior.  Today we are going to focus on the color of your front entrance.

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Gone are the days of cherry RED, RED, RED.  Although we do enjoy a good red door, it has to be the right shade of red to compliment the exterior of your home and not stick out like a sore thumb.  It is said of red doors that they are symbolic.  The earliest red door was a door being covered in blood during the Jewish Passover for protection. In early American tradition, a red door symbolized to tired horse and buggy travelers that a home was a safe place to rest and stay. During the civil war, “safe homes” that were part of the Underground Railroad supposedly painted their doors red to guide escaped slaves to places of refuge and safety. Scottish tradition holds that homeowners paint their front door red to signify that they had paid off their mortgage. Let’s all go paint our doors RED! The Chinese consider red to be a lucky color and therefore many Chinese put a fresh coat of red paint on their front doors as part of their New Year celebration. And the funniest and most…Although many claim Albert Einstein to be one of the most brilliant minds ever, he had his blind spots.  Apparently, Einstein painted his front door red because he couldn’t remember which house was his without the red door.  With that being said, today we like to branch out and show some expression of personality with our front doors.  Here are the top trending door colors of 2016 from Sherwin-Williams.  What is your favorite?

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FRIDAY FAVORITES

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Guess what?  It’s Friday! And that means we get to share with you some of our favs!

umbrellas-2-1024x614-300x180CAFE SOL – This is one of our top choices when it comes to lunch for our group of friends. Where do we want to go? CAFE SOL!  This lovely cafe is locally owned and focuses on fresh, natural and organic ingredients. And one of the best parts is they partner with multiple local farmers and offer only colorado made beverages.  We love local and we love Cafe Sol!  We didn’t even get to the part where they have some of the best food in town.  If you haven’t tried this Main St cafe, make sure to grab a couple friends and try it today!  — the beet salad is the BEST!

Cafe Sol 420 Main St, Grand Junction, CO 81501          970-986-3474

CHRISTINA KOBER JEWELRY

 This jewelry is on the top of the list of things to order. How great is it? As a teenager, Christina saw working at her dad’s jewelry shop as nothing more than a necessary evil for making extra cash. It wasn’t until after college, while working the same ol’ summer job, that she took a shine to the idea of making some creations of her own. Each one is stamped by hand, with a bespectacled Christina carefully ensuring each and every letter is perfectly placed – and she says she’ll keep doing it until glasses no longer do the trick. Click here to check out all her beautiful creations.

FALL FASHION

Fall is here and fall fashion is the best?   Jeans, sweaters, scarfs and boots – what could be better?  The neutral colors this season are stunning on just about any person and mixing textures is key. Check out wachabuy to see some outfits that are easy to put together that we think are on point!

 

THIS SEASONS COLORS
pantone-coloroftheyear2016-rosequarzserenity-moodboard-nordic-italianbarkAccording to Pantone 2016 these are the colors of the season.  Namely ROSE QUARTZ and SERENITY. A color response to the stress of our days with a combination that create feelings of tranquility and balance.  What do you think? We like them especially paired with nude or beige.  094841875-1c359a87-44cb-4443-a285-7a411c4dacfe.jpg Here’s to a happy Friday! We hope to see you this weekend or next at the Grand Junction Parade of Homes!

 

Friday Favorites -Copper Edition

 

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Hello Friday!

Today we are going to show you one of our favorites in home décor. It’s this seasons superstar metal.  COPPER! Some people aren’t a fan but I for one think it’s stunning.  I’m the girl who would buy a set of copper pots and hang them in the kitchen.  But let’s think about fun and unusual ways to use it… like a copper farm sink!  Here are some ideas to incorporate into your home if you are a lover of copper.

1. Copper bathroom fixture, bathtubs and sinks.

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2. Copper artworks and wall decorations, including copper sheets in various shades, wall clocks and mirror frames.

3. Copper paint colors and modern wallpaper designs in copper colors.

4. Room furniture upholstery fabrics and decor accessories made with fabrics in copper colors.

5. Room furniture, chairs and coffee tables made of copper.

6. Copper lighting fixtures.

7. Copper kitchen accents, kitchenware, handles and kitchen fixtures.

8. Copper vases and candle holders

 

If copper is something that you are drawn to, go for it!  Don’t worry about whether or not the trend will come and go. As said by Billy Baldwin, “Be faithful to your own taste, because nothing you really like is ever out of style.

Friday Favorites

It’s another edition of our FRIDAY FAVORITES! Here are a few things that have been catching our attention lately and are worth gushing a little bit over…

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SUCCULENTS- I know when I was a kid my Grandma had these outside along her front porch.  But let’s be honest, in the south that’s referred to as the stoop and they weren’t called succulents – they were ol’ hen and lil’ chickens.  I can remember being an adult or close to it and my Grams packing up a pot of ol’ hens and lil’ chickens to send home with me because they could withstand my for mentioned lack of a green thumb.  Well I managed to kill them – hahaha.  But my 3o something self is pretty sure that I can handle the succulent life now.  I am most blown away by wall hanging succulents.   Look at this one above – it’s planted in the shape of a letter H! I’m going to make my way to Home Depot this weekend and pick up some because they have an incredible assortment.  Are you a fan of succulents?  Have you ever heard them called Ol’ Hen and Lil’ Chickens?

COLORADO LEGACY COFFEE-  Last week we celebrated Father’s day and I had a handful of men in my life I wanted to celebrate for the awesome impact they have made on me.  And gosh, if there is one thing I’ve learned it’s when you have a lack in your life, God doesn’t just sorta fill it, he abundantly more than enough fills it.  So I had 4 special guys to bless and wanted something that I knew they would like but that wouldn’t break the piggy bank.  Immediately I thought coffee. I started asking around for something different, something a bit more special than, well, Folgers.  While in my weekly meeting with Kelly and Jamie I brought up my coffee dilemma and Kelly told me of a local roaster that she had heard great things about – Colorado Legacy Coffee.  I made my way there and was pleasantly greeted by a mom and daughter who took care of my total gifting needs.  I bought Mesa Blend for my Orgeon coffee loving Dad on recommendation by the duo.  I bought Mexican Chiapas for the father in-law who loves all things unique and I bought my husband the cleverly marketed, Morning Moonshine Cold Brew.  So not only was there a look of yummy surprise on their faces to get unique coffee and awesome mugs and glasses but when we brewed it all up they were blown away by the smoothness of the coffee and the lack of acidity.  I highly recommend you make your way over to Colorado Legacy Coffee.  Also check out their website and unique story of how they ended up in good ol Grand Junction.

www.legacycoffee.com

BARN DOORS-  Barn doors, oh how I love thee! I am currently in the middle of a house remodel with a great home Jamie sold me about a month ago.  This purchase took a lot of TLC because while we were looking at it, it went into short sale.  Panic right? No way… Jamie being the patient agent and friend that she is walked us through every step until this property was not only ours, but ours at an incredible price! One reason I decided to buy a home that wasn’t “move it ready” was because my dad is a contractor and we knew this was the perfect opportunity to make this home truly ours from top to bottom. So now that I’m here I keep picturing sliding barn doors.  I love the idea of a chic, pretty house with rustic touches like barn doors and shiplap.  The awesome thing is that these days you can go on pinterest and find plans to build your own barn doors for a fraction of a cost.  Would you put barn doors in your home?  They definitely have to be put into the right style of home but to me they can go in 60% of homes -haha. I’m a sucker for shabby chic.

LAVENDER- Lavender is everywhere.  You’re either a fan or your not.  I think lavender is pretty great.  I go to bed at night dreaming of fulfilling all my pinterest dreams of making lavender body butter and bath scrubs.  I’m planning on talking Kelly and Jamie into a girls day of this soon. Surprise girls!  Did you know there are a ton of benefits to lavender?  There’s more than you may think. Lavender is much more than just pretty & calming. It is one of the most powerful remedies in the plant world, offering both physical and emotional relief for problems as varied as burns, migraines, insomnia, insect bites, skin problems, infections, stress and nervous tension. It’s even know to repel SPIDERS!  If you weren’t sold before you are now, right?  Here are a few great ways to use lavender.  **Make sure to always use a carrier oil or water it down as straight lavender is way too strong on the skin. Always check with your doctor before trying something new for a medical issue.

And don’t forget about the Palisade Lavender Fest July 8-10!

    1. Aching Muscles
      If you’ve spent a back-breaking afternoon in the garden, jump into a lavender bath to soothe aches & pains away. Apply Epsom salts & a few drops of Lavender Oil to the bath and soak away the tension.
    2. Acne
      Lavender is one of the most valuable oils for the treatment of acne, according to aromatherapists. “It inhibits the bacteria that cause the skin infection, helps to rebalance the over-secretion of sebum, which the bacteria thrive on, and reduce scarring”. Add a few drops of lavender oil to a plain moisturizer or cleanser.
    3. Bugs & Bacteria
      French laboratory studies in the early 20th century showed that lavender is a powerful antibacterial in dilutions of 5 per cent or less it is lethal to bacteria that cause typhoid, TB & diphtheria. Combined with Lemon Balm, for its clinically tested anti-viral properties.
    4. Burns (minor)
      After you have cooled the area by immersing it in running cold water for 5 minutes, gently stroke on lavender oil. Pain relief is almost immediate, and burn usually heals without scarring.
    5. Cuts & Wounds
      Apply lavender oil to sooth pain, prevent bacterial infection and aid scar-free healing. Apply neat.
    6. Earache
      Warm a bottle of lavender oil in hot water for a minute or two, then gently massage a few drops into the skin around the ears and throat. For babies & small children, add 2-3 drops of the warmed oil to a little olive oil and massage in the same way.
    7. Eczema
      Stroke infused lavender oil (a few drops of lavender oil & carrier oil) into dry, itchy skin—small children will find this especially comforting or add a few drops of lavender oil to calamine lotion, shake before use.
    8. Fatigue
      Add 5 drops of lavender oil to a hot foot bath and relax while your feet soak in it. The soles of the feet are particularly porous, so lavender reaches your bloodstream very quickly, exerting its stimulating and soothing effects on various systems of your body.
    9. Fevers
      For babies or small children, sponge them down very gently with tepid water to which you have added a drop of lavender oil. Take care not to let them get chilled. This works for adults too.
    10. Headache
      The distilled water of Lavender Mist around your head, is refreshing and soothing. Alternatively, make a compress of a piece of cause or muslin soaked in icy cold water then sprinkled with a few drops of lavender oil and apply to the forehead, or massage a few drops into the forehead, temples and nape of the neck.
    11. Insomnia
      People have been shown to sleep better and be more alert during the day when their sleep medication is replaced with lavender oil either dropped on their pillows, or placed in a diffuser on the ward. To help to induce sleep, put 3 or 4 drops of lavender oil on your pillow. For babies, add 1 drop of lavender oil & geranium oil in carrier oil and massage into a babies back or a few drops in their bedtime bath.
    12. Menstrual Cramps
      Massage a few drops of lavender oil into your lower abdomen or apply a hot compress onto the area, which a little lavender oil has been sprinkled.
    13. Moths, Spiders & Mosquitos
      These annoying little bugs all hate the smell of lavender. To prevent bites, splash yourself with lavender water before you go out at sunset or to bed, put 3-4 drops of oil on your pillow or soak cotton wool ball in the oil and leave it on a saucer in front of the window. Lavender oil is also a terrific remedy for insect bites, soothing itching & inflammation: dab it on to them neat as soon as possible. To keep moths off your clothes, hand lavender bags on you coat hangers or keep them among your sweaters and refresh them with a drop or two of lavender oil from time to time.
    14. Shingles
      Combine a mix of lavender oil with, analgesic, antiviral & scar preventing essential oils neat or on compresses on the agonizing lesions of shingles. It usually produces a cure within 5-8 days.
    15. Sinusitis
      Lavender is one of several essential oils that aromatherapists recommend for inhalations to relieve sinusitis, add two drops of lavender & thyme oil to a bowl of near-steaming water and inhale slowly and deeply, with a towel over your head & bowl.
    16. Stress & Anxiety
      Keep a spritzer of Lavender Mist water handy to spray on your face during the day, or apply lavender oil neat to your temples.

 

    Author: Jillian

Favorite Pinterst Trends

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We all love pinterest right? Well we’ve saved you hours of your precious time of scrolling through pin after pin to bring you the hot trending home styles currently taking 2016 by storm.

Typographic Art – It’s cool, it’s trendy, it looks expensive…. it’s a total DIY that you can get step by step instructions for here from abeautifulmess.com.  All you need is a few basic supplies like magazines, scissors, a glue stick and some paint and you are well on your way.  We may give this a try and see if we can be typographic Picassos.

Neutral Tones – We can’t gush enough about gray okay?  It’s all about that gray,  bout that gray, no pur-ple.  All joking aside, neutral tones bring a peaceful atmosphere to any room and also make it easier to show when it comes time to sell.  Check out this article from Studio M to see some great neutral interior design.

Pops of Color – Okay I know we just said neutral is on point, however a pop of color mixed into those neutrals gives a room life.  Think pillows, throws, flowers, lamps etc.  Not too much though cuz we aren’t going for circus theme, just a happy splash.  Check out these examples from deocor8blog.

Graphic Throw Pillows – How about some bright abstract pillows?  We think these are super fun and can give a great statement to any room.  Mix and match and have fun.  These are great because they start at $20 each.  If you haven’t checked out Society6, what are you waiting for?  It’s got a little bit of everything unique.

We hope you enjoyed these up and coming trends.  Let us know if you find something unique that brings your home to life.